Why not try an Asian themed wedding?
Themed weddings are becoming more and more popular as people look for ideas to give their wedding day a personal touch to make it really stand out from the crowd. If you’re looking for inspiration for a unique, themed wedding full of elegance and beautiful traditions why not opt for the colourful flavours of the orient with a beautiful Chinese themed wedding?
Chinese weddings have it all, they are bright, fun, sentimental and bound together by a series of touching traditions that will really make your day feel like something beautiful. Whether or not you or your fiancé have a Chinese family history, an oriental Chinese themed wedding could be the perfect choice for your big day.SX4RCYV4SGCJ
The colour red plays a massive part in Chinese weddings as in Chinese tradition it signifies love, prosperity and joy. The wedding invitations are usually red, as is the bride’s dress. Other colours that may feature heavily are black and gold. In Chinese tradition you should not wear white to a wedding as this is the colour that they wear when attending a funeral. If red really isn’t your colour you could always go for a pink theme instead, but red is more traditional.
The different stages of the Chinese weddings are bound together by a series of touching traditions. The bride and groom do not see each other for a number of days before the wedding. During this time the bride goes to stay with her closest friends and family, this symbolises her ‘mourning the loss of her friends and family’. During the time leading up to the wedding day the groom’s family will visit the bride’s home and take gifts carried in red baskets and boxes, the bride’s family will then reciprocate 3 days before the wedding. Some of the items that the bride’s family take to the groom’s home are ‘return’ items. This is done to symbolise that once the wedding day is over the bride’s belongings will be at the groom’s home when they will live together.
Wedding day traditions
The date of the wedding is chosen by the bride and groom’s friends and family very carefully according to astrological signs. Both the bride and the groom’s homes are decorated in red on the day of the wedding. On the morning of the wedding the groom is dressed in traditional attire by his parents and will then turn up at the house where the bride is staying with friends and give her friends money wrapped in red tissue, this symbolises him thanking them for ‘letting her go’. The bride and the groom will then travel to the place where they are to be married together. The wedding service is only attended by close friends and family and the couple are married on the half-hour, this is so that they start their married life together on an ‘up-swing’ where the hands of the clock are moving upwards. After the service the bride will serve her new in-laws tea in a traditional ceremony.
The wedding reception will be attended by many guests and is an elaborate affair with a banquet. There is a speech and a cake-cutting ceremony where the bride and the groom feed each other and their families slices of cake. Music, dancing and games then follow late into the evening.
Decor and wedding favours
The appearance of an oriental wedding reception is stunning with peonies, cherry blossom, lilies and orchids being traditional flowers to feature heavily. Possible decor ideas for your Asian themed wedding could be pretty paper or silk lanterns to light the reception and ornate paper fans, Chinese dragons and parasols. The banquet could feature a variety of different Chinese foods, chopsticks and fortune cookies. Don’t forget it’s your big day and you can mix and match your themes and decor until you get the perfect style to suit you and your loved one.
Asian themed weddings are very popular worldwide and there are many places where you can purchase Asian themed wedding favours. If you are looking for Asian wedding photography in London for your themed wedding then there are many companies that can shoot authentic, romantic, traditional Asian photos and videos for your engagement as well as your wedding day.
It is up to you whether you want to have a full Chinese wedding ceremony complete with all the traditions or just take a few aspects of the oriental style and essence for your wedding decor.
You could use these ideas to blend in with you and your partner’s own tastes and desires to create a completely unique theme and memorable wedding day.